Yes, one company had to start the Pre-SIHH 2015 previews… So there we go, please discover the Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph, that will be presented in January 2015 in Geneva at the SIHH 2015.
For the SIHH 2015, Ralph Lauren introduces the Ralph Lauren Automotive Chronograph. It is inspired by the instrument panel of Ralph Lauren’s legendary 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe.
Ralph Lauren explains:
“While all great automobiles of the 1930s made especially lavish use of exotic materials for their interiors, the 1938 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe is particularly compelling. Its dashboard, with its superbly controlled visual balance, has directly inspired the Automotive Chronograph. The timepiece’s curved case horns and chronograph pushers echo the graceful yet powerful lines of the automobile’s body (and recall the first generation of gentlemen’s sports chronographs of the 1930s), while the handmade wooden dial element — crafted from specially chosen loupe d’orme, or elm burl wood — reflects the interior trim of the Type 57 SC’s cockpit. In order to give the dial the same visual detail and impact as the automobile’s instrument panel, only veneers with the right concentration of knots and grains were chosen. Each veneer is selected individually for each watch, and as no two veneers are alike, each watch is a unique piece.”
Good news… The timepiece inspired by a high-performance automobile deserves an engine as refined as its design, and for the movement that drives the Automotive Chronograph, Ralph Lauren has partnered with Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre.
The so called self-winding caliber RL751A/1, features a Côtes de Genève and perlage movement finishing that is a special decoration exclusive to Ralph Lauren.